Many people have tried to explain their idea of the nature of reality, many have been successful in bringing new ideas about a new world for readers, viewers, and listeners. The
Matrix could be considered a successful case of portraying the nature of reality by creating a visual representation of the concept. Quite a few representations of philosophical ideas may have been portrayed through-out the trilogy, but during the first film the authors focused on reality.
Imagine waking up and the world was completely changed overnight. The Matrix is about a young computer hacker named Neo that wakes up with a message from a stranger offering to show him what the world really is, a world called the matrix. The young …show more content…
In fact, the viewer is able to watch the characters within the movie change things around them by thinking about the outcomes that they want to happen. Obviously, humans are not able to change things around them just by thinking about them. In this movie, however, the idea is that the world is created by the ideas in the mind of the individual.
The author makes reference to some famous philosophers during this work. One of the references the can be interpreted in The Matrix is a homage of Plato’s allegory of the cave.
Basically the movie The Matrix portrays a world in which humans have been held prisoner, and forced to only look in one direction. Just like the allegory of the cave, the humans have only seen one image and assume that this image constitutes the real world. In the movie, the character named Neo is just like one of the prisoners in the cave, he is set free to finally see the real world and everything that he thought he knew about the world was really just an illusion. The idea …show more content…
The viewers are taught that the ideas of certain objects make the objects appear in the matrix.
Renee Descartes has a major role in the making of The Matrix as well. Considering the allegory of the cave by Plato, the viewers can already see that the world is not how they have been viewing the world. The viewers begin to look at the world from a different aspect, Renee
Descartes claims knowledge cannot come from the senses because they cannot be trusted. What is seen by the eyes can be disproven by looking at an optical illusion, such as a glass of water with a straw in it. Before the straw is put into the glass of water, the eyes perceive the straw as a straight object but once placed in the water the straw appears to be bent. Because of the senses being tricked, Descartes claimed that knowledge must come from the brain instead.
The biggest reference to a philosophical idea that is represented in The Matrix could be considered Hillary Putnam’s “Brain in a Vat” idea. When the character Neo wakes up into the actual world, he is being disconnected from a machine that created the world around his existence in his brain. He is taught that everyone in the world is hooked up to the same machine,